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The contributions and partnership with Qatar and Qatari organisations have been vital to the extensive impact of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees outreach through the Refugee Zakat Fund and Sadaqah donations.
Speaking to The Peninsula on the sidelines of the Islamic Philanthropy Report launch, Khaled Khalifa, senior advisor to the UNHCR and the Representative of UNHCR to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, said without the partnership with H E Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani, UNHCR's eminent advocate and other Qatari agencies, the programme would not have been a success.
“Qatari organisations and the Qatari government are on top of the list of our partners,” Khalifa said.
“I don't think we would have succeeded as much as we have without the support of Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah bin Thani Al Thani and without the cooperation and partnership with organisations in Qatar and the many individuals who also contribute to our work. The relationship with Qatar and its institutions is key to the success of our Islamic philanthropy programme,” he added.
According to the report, over 6 million have benefitted from the Zakt Fund overseen by the UNHCR since its piloting in 2017. More than $192m have been received through the Fund, of which over 78% has been Zakat.
Khalifa stressed that disclosing the figures shows the impact of Islamic philanthropy and further expands the impact globally in a world where more than 100 million people are forcibly displaced. He added that 50% of these displaced people live and come from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states.
“I think the more you see the impact, the more resources you generate,” Khalifa stated.
“It is imperative to keep talking to the world and potential partners about the impact and what has been achieved. It is a duty to report back, it is part and parcel of the transparency principles, and without reporting to the public, you do not gain enough support.”
The UNHCR disclosed in the report that its global needs rose to $10.2bn to assist an expected 117.3 million refugees, IDPs and other persons of concern. Out of that, $2.7bn are needed in countries where UNHCR distributes Zakat and Sadaqah to help over 17 million refugees and IDPs with various interventions, including much-needed cash assistance and essential goods.
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